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Defying the Odds

Defying the Odds
New book about the 2016 election.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Carville Had a Term for People Like Begala

In a 1995 book, Clinton strategist James Carville wrote:
I have a Quote Slut list. People available by the phone, ready to be called. Let me say I have probably qualified to be on that list myself; there's nothing wrong with it.The list varies. Whether it's a congressman; whether it's John Sasso, the very talented guy who ran the Dukakis campaign; whether it's Bob Beckel or Chris Matthews, they're going to have some intelligent things to say and you can count on the nets to contact them.You want them, when they're called and asked, "What do you think of this?," to say something complimentary.

Those are political Quote Sluts. The economic team has a list of economic Quote Sluts.
A new email dump prompts Peter Baker and Richard Eder to write at The New York Times:
While an ostensibly nonpartisan figure as secretary, Mrs. Clinton clearly still worried about retiring her $23 million campaign debt from 2008. “Thank you so very much!!!” her chief of protocol, Capricia Marshall, wrote to Paul Begala, a longtime Clinton friend and Democratic strategist, in April 2009. “We raised 500K from the email contest!! You are all amazing — the world adores you!” She added, “You put a serious hole in HRC debt!”
Mr. Begala responded by asking for talking points before he went on CNN to rate Mrs. Clinton’s early performance. Ms. Marshall referred him to several State Department aides. After his appearance, Mr. Begala emailed back: “I gave Sec. Clinton an A+ in our dopey CNN report card last night.” Ms. Mills forwarded that to Mrs. Clinton with an “FYI.”